Dr. Jan Gunneweg

Jan Gunneweg

Research Interests: Provenance studies of ancient pottery by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and of textiles by Synchrotron Radiation and High Power Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) at the ESRF at Grenoble’s ESRF.

Ongoing Projects:

  • The identification of parchment by computed tomography (CT) at the ALS in the Ernst Lawrence Lab, Berkeley California USA and with the Oak Ridge Lab at Tennessee, USA.
  • The identification of Frankincense of the Dead Sea area, the Negev, and Greece by Fourier Transformed Infra-Red (FTIR) synchrotron light at the newly built SESAME Synchrotron at Allan, Jordan.
  • The study of the Activation set of NAA Data from 1966-1996 performed at the Ernst Lawrence Laboratory under the direction of I. Perlman (Manhattan Project), Fr. Asaro, and Helen Michel (KT Boundary iridium project, the extinction of the Dinosaurs).
  • Further ongoing Neutron Activation research together with Dr. Marta Balla at the Nuclear Center of the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Member of two COST Actions of the European Community: COST Actions-G-8 Cultural Heritage (CH), and D-42 on Restoration and Preservation of CH.

Other Activities:

  • Member of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS, 2007-2008) together with the Technical University in Delft, and the Lorentz Institute of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Leiden while organizing the “Holistic Qumran and the Dead Sea Scroll” Congress (April 2008).
  • Author, co-author, and co-editor of over hundred scientific papers and seven books during the years 1984-2020.

Website: http://micro5.mscc.huji.ac.il/~msjan/gunneweg.html